February 8, 1923 (14th Parliament, 2nd Session)


William Gawtress Raymond



If I understand the hon. member aright, he stated that as long as the government failed to pass a redistribution bill nobody should vote against them? The answer is that the government has not had an opportunity to pass a redistribution bill, and you would have an opportunity to vote against them after they had passed redistribution.
I think that it is worth while to bring this matter to the attention of hon. members opposite and the members of the House generally. It does not seem to me that it is a contentious question particularly. I think it is a very plain question. I do not observe any legal quibbles or anything of that kind in it. It is a plain proposition; it is common sense and good judgment. If an election is brought on before the redistribution bill is passed, certain parts of the country will not be represented, and it will not be the government that will be responsible, but it will be the hon. members who forced the government to resign and go out of office. That is plain enough.
Another matter has been alluded to in various ways, and the omission of it from the Speech from the Throne was referred to by more than one hon. member who spoke on the other side of the House. No particular reference was made in the Speech from the Throne to the Near East troubles which occurred last September. The discussion on this question in the House and in the press rather tends to show what a variety of views may be taken of it. Some made it a ground of attack upon the government. The hon. member for St. John (Mr. Baxter) in referring to it, described himself as a patriot and a lover of peace, and at the same time wished to place himself with those who would condemn the government because they avoided war. It was a position which was hard for me to follow, as were other things in the hon. member's address. I thought, however, that it was very difficult to see how a man could be a lover of peace, a conscientious man and a patriot, and at the same time find fault because war had been avoided by the government of the country in con-

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